Measuring Neck Size
You want it to fit well, don't you? Then please read this! :)
We size our products by the dog's neck size, because buckles can be different sizes.
So our products are adjustable to fit the neck sizes we list.
Therefore, to measure properly, don't measure a current collar tip-to-tip, that is NOT your dog's neck size.
For the most accurate measurement (especially important for a custom big dog paracord collar), wrap a flexible (sewing type, not rigid metal) tape measure, or ribbon or string (just nothing that stretches like elastic)
around your dog's neck while standing, and tighten it where and how you would like the collar to fit, noting the point of overlap with a marker.
You should be able to comfortably fit two fingers inside the collar, snug but not too tight or too loose,
so it will not pull off over the dog's ears/head when fastened.
Then lay the ribbon/string against a tape measure or yard stick and measure to the mark you made.
This is your dog's actual neck size, which you should use when ordering our products.
How To Measure: this example shows a 19.5" neck size
What makes your collars different from others?
To answer a frequent question, YES our collars are ADJUSTABLE! We just can't see any point in non-adjustable collars,
pups grow quickly, and even adult dogs can gain/lose weight (and hair coat thickness depending on the season)
so why would you want anything that has zero adjustability? We sure wouldn't!
Also, most of our puppy collar products are BREAKAWAY to reduce the risk of strangulation - that is the sole reason we started
making them in the first place, and a very important safety feature in our opinion, especially for young puppies!
Can these collars be washed and re-used?
YES! If you have a zippered lingerie bag that will work perfectly, or just place your collar(s) into an old pillow case,
tie the end, and toss it in your washing machine on the gentle cycle. If you are washing litter collars, they can conveniently be buckled/attached
together end-to-end to form one long chain. All of our paracord has been pre-shrunk (to withstand water temperature of at least 120 degrees)
before making your collars, but some vibrant or dark colors may still "bleed" a little - so washing separately and/or in colder temperatures is recommended.
Please, no dryers though - only lay flat to air dry.
I'm not sure which sizes/buckle style/etc. to order for my puppy ID collars.
In trying to please breeders with different breeds, preferences and needs, we do offer a lot of choices, and understand this may be confusing to first-time buyers.
So here are some tips/suggestions based on feedback from many of our customers to date.
- Average sized English Labrador or Golden Retriever puppies can typically wear our 5-9" size newborn bands right from birth, weighing about a pound each at birth.
Smaller American Labrador puppies often weigh just under a pound, and can start in 4.5-8" size bands, for comparison.
- We now offer a wide assortment of sizing to accommodate smaller or larger breeds as well.
For instance, our newborn bands can start as small as a 3.5" neck size, which has been worn by newborn pups as small as 4-5 oz.
Paracord bands also go up to an 8-15" size, which should fit even a large/giant breed 8 week old.
Also, check out this Teeny Newborn Hack if you have an exceptionally small puppy who just needs a little more time to grow into his paracord band.
Or add-on some basic bands (which start as small as 3") for that first messy week, then transition into newborn bands with buckles.
- Puppies grow quickly, and will almost always require two sizes of bands/collars to span from birth through go-home age (around 2 months old) -
so we offer matching colored bigger collars and bands that are sized to work as the next size up, after newborn sized bands are outgrown.
- We're often asked which is "better" for the toddler size - webbing or paracord? We offer both, since we have customers who prefer one over the other.
The benefit of webbing is that it's flat and wider, and shows up better in pictures when pups are bigger and have fluffier coats.
Paracord is thinner and can hide in longer puppy hair, but is typically more durable and stands up better to sharp puppy teeth than webbing, so it can usually be washed/reused more times than webbing before needing to be replaced.
One of our awesome customers found a cute solution - tie matching ribbon bows onto the paracord bands for pictures, to make them easily identifiable by color :)
Paracord is also gentler on sensitive skin than webbing may be, and there are many more color and even fun patterned options vs. the 18 solid colors of webbing.
- We try to use the most appropriate "strength" of breakaway buckles based on the sizes of the bands/collars, but some breeds/litters just play a lot rougher than others.
So if you find our normal buckles on any product aren't strong enough for your needs and come off too easily/frequently, please let us know and we can substitute a stronger buckle if available.
We also now have traditional NON-breakaway buckles available upon request.
And several of our buckle strengths now come in multiple colors, so we can often use a different color buckle on your newborn vs toddler sizes, or to easily differentiate between multiple sets/litters at one time!
I'm having trouble with your order form.
Unfortunately, with so many products and options, our order request form may look a little daunting.
Also it sometimes seems to take a while to fully load, especially on some laptops or slower internet connections.
If you're having trouble, first click your Refresh/Reload button in your browser, then wait for the E-mail field to
fill with "ex: firstname.lastname@example.org" in gray. If it does, the form is fully loaded and you're good to go!
If not, try reloading again, or try ordering from a computer instead.
If you are still having trouble, please email us and we will be happy to help!
Do you combine shipping? Which shipping method should I choose?
YES - our product pricing excludes shipping costs, so you can get the best shipping price per order!
(Shipping multiple items together is much more cost-effective than shipping just one item at a time.)
USPS 1st Class is usually the most affordable option, starting at $2.66 per package, but is only available for domestic packages up to 16 ounces,
and carries no insurance if lost/damaged before arriving to you.
If your package will be heavy and/or valuable, Priority Mail is recommended.
A flat rate envelope ships anywhere in the US for $6.55, or small flat rate box for $7.05 for example, and includes up to $50 of insurance, typically arriving within 2-3 business days, with online tracking.
We can also ship world-wide via USPS International Priority Mail, for the actual shipping cost - feel free to inquire for a shipping estimate.
I don't want to use PayPal or Facebook Messenger "Send Money" to pay, can I mail a check instead?
Sure! Online payments are convenient, and the fastest way to get your order "next in line" to be made.
But if you would rather mail a check, we will happily start your order after it is received.
Just indicate your choice on the order form, and we'll either email you a PayPal request, or our mailing address for check payment.
There is also an easy/convenient "Send Money" option available to our Facebook Friends, which we happily accept as well. Ask for details if you need help!
Still have questions or need more info? Please email us!